Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hairpipe breastplate
  • United States
  • hairpipe breastplate, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plastic, leather, beads
  • Object Length/Width: 72 x 34 cm
    Object Length/Width: 28 3/8 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2078

The breastplate consists of three vertical columns of plastic hairpipe beads with leather spacers. The middle column is narrower with dark blue beads on either end of the hairpipe. The lateral columns have red on the outside end and medium blue on the inside. There are dark blue beads outside the spacer knotted in place on each leather fringe. There is a single beaded fringe on the end of each leather spacer. Two hairpipe beads form triangles at the top for a leather tie.